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Introduction: Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf (CEFS)

  • Largest direct service emergency food provider in Vermont Serves over 12,000 people/year
  • Works to alleviate hunger through grocery services, hot meals, and home delivery
  • Offers a culinary job training program

CEFS seeks to understand client need for assistance in accessing/coordinating additional public assistance services and resources. Could CEFS improve its services by staffing a social worker on site?

Project Goal: Collect data from CEFS users to assess current need for in-house social worker to assist with diverse needs beyond emergency food assistance.


Judith Christensen, PhD, University of Vermont College of Arts and Sciences

Kelly Saunders, Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf


Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf


Access to Health Services, Health-Related Quality of Life & Well-Being, Nutrition and Weight Status, Social Determinants of Health

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Assessing the Need for a Social Worker at the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf